The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
John Maynard Keynes
This is not about Joe Biden, it is about our culture. We now care more about perception than we do about reality. Biden is simply a living example of what a lifetime of politics does to one’s soul. Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks and 14 years after the introduction of the iPhone, our entire culture is consumed with perception.
A recent incident with our pre-teen daughter reminded me of a glaring problem in our culture today: We have lost the ability to communicate.
Both political parties have abused the economic realities of taxation. We can have different perspectives on what the tax system should look like, but we need to accept the facts of what history tells us actually works.
These ideas – a cancel culture, safe spaces, and trigger warnings – are antithetical to education. A truly educated person is open-minded, not afraid of being challenged, and perhaps most importantly capable of changing her mind and willing to do so in light of facts and reason. An educated person doesn’t burn books or tear down statues; in fact, they do the very opposite.
Politicians are good at identifying symptoms that bother us – these are the building blocks of campaigns. Symptoms are easy to identify. It is also easy to identify ways of masking those symptoms, and it is a lot easier to mask them than to fix the problem. The student loan crisis is a great example. The political solution is to forgive the debt; but the problem is not the debt, it’s the cost of education.